Olympic mascot

NBENBE111111d2, The Olympic mascot 'wenlock' meets children from local schools at Belper leisure centre.
NBENBE111111d2, The Olympic mascot 'wenlock' meets children from local schools at Belper leisure centre.

THE 2012 London Olympics was brought to life for schoolchildren in Belper when they received a special visitor.

Olympic mascot Wenlock went along to Belper Leisure Centre to greet pupils and have a photograph taken with them.

Every school in Amber Valley was invited to take part in the event.

Phil Basterfield, partnership development manager for Amber Valley, said: “This visit officially kick-started the Olympics in Amber Valley.

“Wenlock’s visit was a fantastic experience for the pupils involved and helped to bring the Games to life.”

David Joy, director of Derbyshire Sport, said: “Wenlock’s visit was a fantastic opportunity for young people in Belper to feel a part of the build up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We hope that people of all ages will be inspired by the Games and motivated to try a new sport, and play a part in Derbyshire’s 2012 legacy.”